Yoko Ono launches free Lennon-inspired mobile studio

John Lennon educational tour busYoko Ono has unveiled the John Lennon educational tour bus in Liverpool and announced a worldwide tour of the mobile recording studio.

The bus will provide young people across Europe with free hands-on opportunities to produce original music, video, photo, game app and broadcast projects within the bus.

Ono, along with special guests, launched the initiative yesterday at the Museum of Liverpool in an event that was streamed live.

Plans for a Lennon Bus Europe have been slated since the first US Lennon Bus hit the road 16 years ago. Chart topping singles from The Black Eyed Peas and Fergie have been recorded on board the American vehicle and thousands of young people have used its facilities.

Continuing the tradition, the European edition will invite prestigious recording artists and songwriters to participate, mentor students, and utilise the facilities throughout its journey.

Ono originally developed the concept with Brian Rothschild and music manager David Sonenberg to provide young people with access to state of the art studios as a way of inspiring them to create original projects.

The UK and European tour schedule and interactive map can be found at www.lennonbus.org, where visitors can also see all of the content created on board.

Plans are underway to further expand the project to China and Japan and the bus will park up on London’s Southbank for Ono’s Meltdown Festival later this month.